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Akmal not ruled out, says Pak manager

Pakistan's team management reckons that Kamran Akmal is not ruled out of the remaining matches and may still have some part to play in the series.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2007 15:11 IST

The Pakistan team management today said they have not ruled out struggling wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal for the remaining two one-dayers in the five-match series against India, despite his finger injury.

Pakistan team manager Talat Ali said since there was a rest period of three days before the fourth ODI in Gwalior, Akmal had enough time to recover.

"He had some practice in the nets on Monday and is also getting treatment for his injury. So we are not ruling him out completely for the last two games," Talat told PTI.

He said the tour-selection-committee had also called up Sarfraz Ahmed as a back-up keeper, who will join the team today.

"We will have choice if Kamran is not able to make a proper recovery," he said.

Sources in the team said that the national selection committee wanted the team management to try young Sarfraz because of Akmal's poor form.

Another source added that Akmal had the backing of skipper Shoaib Malik and the tour-selection-committee.

"But the problem is that since Kamran is a senior member of the squad, the captain and tour selection committee want to persist with him as they believe he will regain his confidence soon and produce his best for the country," a source said.

The source also claimed that the tour-selection-committee was not keen on playing Sarfraz.

The team manager also sough to play down the verbal duel between Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir during the third one-dayer in Kanpur .

"It is not such a big issue. Neither has the match referee talked to us about it nor have we bothered to make an issue out of it. It happened in the heat of the moment and is over," he said.

He said though the media had highlighted the incident but in reality the relations between the two teams was cordial.

"On the field, both teams want to win and such things do get heated up at times. But we have told our players not to cross the line and violate the spirit of the game," he said.

First Published: Nov 13, 2007 15:01 IST